Renata Kaminska

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Porins are β-barrel outer-membrane proteins through which small solutes and metabolites diffuse that are also exploited during cell death. We have studied how the bacteriocin colicin E9 (ColE9) assembles a cytotoxic translocon at the surface of Escherichia coli that incorporates the trimeric porin OmpF. Formation of the translocon involved ColE9's(More)
Gram-negative bacteria inhabit a broad range of ecological niches. For Escherichia coli, this includes river water as well as humans and animals, where it can be both a commensal and a pathogen. Intricate regulatory mechanisms ensure that bacteria have the right complement of β-barrel outer membrane proteins (OMPs) to enable adaptation to a particular(More)
Shiitake are popular edible mushrooms all over the world, and eating raw shiitake may lead to relatively common 'shiitake dermatitis' or toxicodermia. Workers involved in shiitake cultivation and marketing have distinct occupational respiratory and skin diseases unrelated to 'shiitake dermatitis'. There are no previous reports of protein contact dermatitis(More)
Mast cells are a significant source of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily members, such as TNF-α, CD30 ligand/CD153 (CD30L) and CD40L/CD154. Furthermore, the expression of some of these proteins in mast cells has been associated with tumorigenesis, and mast cells have been found to be increased in number in the basal cell carcinoma (BCC) lesion. In(More)
Phase variation of the outer membrane protein Ag43 encoded by agn43 in Escherichia coli is controlled by an epigenetic mechanism. Sequestration of the regulatory region from Dam-dependent methylation has to be established and maintained throughout a generation to obtain and maintain the OFF phase. This work shows that hemimethylated DNA, which is formed by(More)
TolB and Pal are members of the Tol-Pal system that spans the cell envelope of Gram-negative bacteria and contributes to the stability and integrity of the bacterial outer membrane (OM). Lipoylated Pal is tethered to the OM and binds the β-propeller domain of periplasmic TolB, which, as recent evidence suggests, disengages TolB from its interaction with(More)
How ultra-high-affinity protein-protein interactions retain high specificity is still poorly understood. The interaction between colicin DNase domains and their inhibitory immunity (Im) proteins is an ultra-high-affinity interaction that is essential for the neutralisation of endogenous DNase catalytic activity and for protection against exogenous DNase(More)
Colicins are protein antibiotics synthesised by Escherichia coli strains to target and kill related bacteria. To prevent host suicide, colicins are inactivated by binding to immunity proteins. Despite their high avidity (K(d) ≈ fM, lifetime ≈ 4 days), immunity protein release is a pre-requisite of colicin intoxication, which occurs on a timescale of(More)
Mast cells are a significant source of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily members, such as TNF-alpha, CD30 ligand/CD153 (CD30L) and CD40L/CD154. Furthermore, the expression of some of these proteins in mast cells has been associated with tumorigenesis, and mast cells have been found to be increased in number in the basal cell carcinoma (BCC) lesion. In(More)